The bookdrops are open again, but all items will be quarantined in the library for 72 hours before they are actually checked in. Only return items to the bookdrops.
Holds can be placed for items within Plum Creek, but they will take longer to become available due to safety precautions. Holds through MNLink are available on a limited basis. Curbside Pickup service is available at all three locations to pickup holds or you can come into the library.
The library has whole collections of digital materials to checkout! Go to our eLibrary page to learn about them or scroll down to the Read for Free! section of this page to see all of the collections from both the library and others who have made materials free to download during this time.
The Jackson, Lakefield, and Heron Lake libraries are allowing public computer use.
Patrons need to call before entering or immediately go to the desk in the library to check in with library staff to be able to get a computer appointment.
Face masks must be worn properly in accordance with the mask mandate during an appointment and social distancing practices must be followed while in the library.
Computer appointment slots start at the top of the hour and have a maximum length of 45 minutes. Everyone is asked to leave their computers the last 15 minutes of the hour so that staff can sanitize them. Patrons are limited to one computer appointment a day to maximize their availability.
Please contact the library with any questions. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
WiFi Access 24/7
All locations have WiFi turned on at all times. It can be accessed by parking near any of the three library buildings.
WiFi Hotspots Now Available!!!
You can now checkout the Internet from the library! A mobile Internet hotspot uses cellular access to create a WiFi connection, allowing people to connect to the Internet where there is not typically strong, or any, WiFi access. The Jackson County Library System has received twelve hotspots to be checked out by our patrons.
These hotspots were made available through The Minnesota State Library, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education that created a connectivity grant for libraries across the state. This program is partially funded with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 45.310, Library Services and Technology Act (LS-00-19-0024-19) Grants to States.
Hotspots can be checked out by any Jackson County resident with a library card in good standing. They may not be placed on hold, but are available on a first come, first serve basis. Since they are a limited resource, they are checked out for two weeks and cannot be renewed.
Library YouTube Channel
The library now has a YouTube Channel! We will be sharing videos there as well as Facebook so you have another place to watch and enjoy all of the virtual programming that the library has to offer. Use the links below to navigate to the videos you want to watch!
Spark the love of reading by introducing your child to these fun storytimes. Storytimes help children develop a lifelong love for reading, and play an important role in building early literacy skills. Children learn how to interact with books, are introduced to new words, and introduced to new concepts.
Access #OperationStorytime on Twitter to discover stories ready by celebrities, authors, and illustrators.
Oliver Jeffers reads Monday through Friday on LIVE Instagram
James Dean reads Pete the Cat on Mondays on LIVE Instagram
Everday Storyhour with Robbi & Matthew on YouTube A daily, fun, picture-book storytime followed by an author chat time where they talk about the creative process, answer questions, and suggest activities to do at home.
Read For Free!
Digital Library Resources
Read & listen to eBooks for free with your library card!
Read digitally for free with these services provided by the state.
Get a bag of library materials starting on May 18!
Other Free Resources
Read with these other resources that are freely available.
Free Stay at Home Fun
Crosswords, Puzzles, & Escape Rooms!
Keep your brain active with these fun activities.
Print these activities to keep you busy at home.
Exercise & Active Fun
Get the whole family moving with these free online resources!
Why not learn a new language for free?!
Be creative with these fun writing activities!
Library of Congress
Check out these curated activities for the whole family!
Virtual Learning Resources
General Resources & Lessons
Jump into learning at home with these free resources!
Let out your creativity!
Dive into science topics with these resources!
Music & Theatre
Explore music and theatre all from home!
Explore the final frontier!
Develop literacy skills and explore favorite books and discover new favorites!
Zoos & Aquariums
Get an up close look at some amazing animals!
Adventure & Theme Parks
Take a ride on roller coaster and have an adventure!
Explore the natural wonders in our National Parks!